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little tough didn't matter. you are looking around at just living and you discover something. everything else is the little stuff. we wish japan well and in a weird way we thank them for bringing us back to reality. we are there, good day. >> hello eeverybody. i am uma live in washington. america's news headquarters. just when japan thought it couldn't get worse fears surface of a melt down after an explosion in the nuclear power plant in the northeast. the death tollcontinue to rise with entire towns missing. david piper, what is the latest on the struggling nuclear plant that is taking place there? >> well, earlier in the day there was a large explosion and the japanese government
said it destroyed the walls that are encircling the nuclear reactor but didn't break the metal consuming tower that protects the reactor from escaping. from what we are hearing at this time, workers are pouring sea water on the reactor to try to cool it down. but at the same time we are hearing reports that 190 people are suffering from radiation sickness and there are reports that there has been some release in the air at this time. the japanese government increased the raduous around the plant to protect the people. they moved it back 12 miles now and also supplying tab lets to minimize radiation sickness. and so far what is the
reaction of japan on the news of this accident? >> there is real trepidation here. i spoke to a number of people and they are increasingly concerned that the disaster could get worse if this nuclear reactor melts down . there is a large population, very near there. senbi has a million people and if there is a radiation cloud, there is 30 million in the greater tokyo petrol police . people are avidly watching the tvs just to see what is going to happen . also reporting large after shocks near to the nuclear plant and also there are further tsunami warnings in the same area so there is great concern here. >> david, thank you for updating us. i know it is early morning in japan and we'll monitor the situation and come back to you. >> and japan nuclear safety said the accident is less
serious than the three mile accident in 1979 and 1986 chernobyl nuclear disaster, but there are serious fears of a melt down as after shocks rock the area. joining us to talk about the dangers of nuclear leaks. basod what you are hearing about the concerns on the nuclear explosion site how concerned are you about the rad leaks and the impact on the area. >> the entire nuclear industry is watching as evens unfold . we'll offer advice and counsel and that's the way the industry has been. it is significant but we don't know the significant at this time. the most important thing is that that water remains inside of the reactor to keep it cool. the fuel continues to cool down. if there is any release of
radiation, hopefully filtered through a carbon filters that reduces the radioactive material and most important thing to understand. as radiation is unleased it is less and less radioactive as it travels away from the point of origin. it is much, much less radioactive. >> and how serious is the loss of the containment building in the situation in potential of melt down? >> there are different systems and the containment being one of them . a boiling water. there is a containment building in a containment building. the outside may have been breached but the inside is contain that is good news. >> the government is handing out iodine to people egsposed. how does this help the people there? >> the emergency planning part and testing and exercise shows why we do that here in the united states as well. there is potassium iodine and
you consume the pill and it saturates your thyroid plan and iodine 131, if you have taken that pill and your thyroid gland is saturated it quickly moves through your body and biologically eliminated f. you didn't it could expose your thyroid to higher levels of radiation. it shouldn't be perceived as a magic pill and only protect you from one type of radiation. >> we appreciate your perspective. >> my pleasure. >> the u.s. is keeping a close eye on the situation in japan and the fall out and the power plant. arizona's john mccain will talk to us about this and other news at this hour.
>> thank you. >> your reaction to the events in japan and the concern about the nuclear fall out. ? >> i share the comment that it is president made. they are heart breaking events and the size of this devastation is staggering. and so, it is hard to find adequate words to describe how the people of this country and around the world feel for the japanese people. obviously, this was an event that no one has ever anticipated outside of science fiction movies that could ever take place. on the issue of the power plant, i don't claim to have a lot of expertise except that i am a strong supporter of nuclear power for a long time going back to my days in the navy when i was on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier. i think what happens now to this power plant is to whether
the damage is contained or not will have a direct affect on the future of nuclear power in the united states. let's have straight talk. let's hope and pray that this thing is contained . i was just talking to one expert of which said the next 24 hours is key in this whole scenario and whether they are able to cool down the reactor or if there is a melt down. but you know, it is just -- >> very sobering, absolutely. turning to breaking news at this hour, we understand that the arab league is going to support a no fly zone over libya. they are calling for the action now and that is something that you are welcoming at this point? >> i hope that the arab league, actions, will motivate this administration to follow the lead of the french. to recognize the provisional government and then start
implementing a no fly zone. it is obvious that the momentum has shifted dramatically in favor of al-gaddafi. you know, when you have untrained and disorganized people fighting. momentum is a huge factor. it is even when you haval and professionally trainned and equipped forces. they are under man they are outgunned and the fact that the asscets of al-gaddafi has not inflicted damage. but underestimates the damage to the people on the ground when you see enemy planes flying over and dropping bombs. it is a big factor in the battlefield. >> i was interested in the hear thag we had where general clapper said if things continue like they are. then al-gaddafi is going to prevail. it is united states policy that al-gaddafi go. >> there are some concern that
he came out and said that. >> i think when you have someone who is killing his own people as al-gaddafi is, two or three worst dictator world, what other position can we take? wounce that position is taken, it seems to me that it is impossible for the united states not to assist in seeing that this happens. among things, we can jam their television and communication that are coming from tripoli and command control . we could start estimates what kinds of weapons that the antial-gaddafi forces need. we could provide them with intelligence reports. and a lot of assistance to provide them and no one that i know, including me wants american troopots ground. that would be counter productive exercise. but i don't believe that we
can sit idly by and watch this guy and his sons and mercenaries, they are employing mercenaries to kill libyans and see them continue to go on. when nato announces that they cannot act without a u.n. security council resolution that is a dramatic departure from practice in the past. times they have had u.n. approval and now not. is nato driven by the united nations security council positions? >> we are hear that this rebel forces are begging for the united states and other nations to take the lead and have a no flyy zone and help them and they feel abandoned at this point because know they are outnumbered and outgunned. >> they are. in fact, they are and it is so sad. i for a while, i was getting frustrated and sad to see
brave young libyans outgunned and outmanned and the in all likelihood best now is a stale mate unless we change things. >> the president stopped short and will not commit publicly yesterday in the news conference. he will take it on a case by case situation and not ruling it out or in either a. no he is assuming it is a static situation. it is not. we declare a no fly zone two weeks ago, i think the situation on the ground in the battlefield would be different today . again, the united states must lead. i think it shows if we don't lead, you get into differences of view going to various meetings and conferences and convening different organizations. but not acting. the united states must lead and the president is the leader of the united states of
america . i hope that in the next few days, i hope and pray that we can declare no fly zone and also take a number of other steps that could assist this government. this government by the way, we know who they are. one of them is a former foreign minist and one is a former justice minister it is not as if we don't know who they are. the foreign minister went to the university of pittsburgh. it is not as if. the whole thing is very, very saddening to me, and finally, finally, so many things . suppose that al-gaddafi prevails, and is able to regain control of his country at enormous loss of innocent lives, what lessons does that send to other dictators around the world the next time the people rise up? >> senator mccain, always a pleasure to have you here. >> thanks for having me on. >> and the fight over union
rights not over in wisconsin. thousands of protestors are gathering for a rally in the capitol and protesting a new lieu signed by governor walker that strips the public employees of all of the collective bargaining rights. the union workers are vowing to recall the republican senators that backed the bill. while japan and the west coast try to clean up for the damage left by the tsunami waves, the east coast is deal flooding issues. julia is in new jersey. >> hi, there, uma, looks can be deceiving. while the rainn has stopped and it is sunny for now. the waters are actually rising and the pasassac river is expected to crest this evening. that is a good thing so people can wait for thuars to recede. i am standing on a road. this entire evacuation took
place yesterday. the pasassic river is down there. people are sitoth front stoop. you were told to be evacuated, right. >> but you decided not to evacuate, why not? they don't want to talk to camera. none theless they were told to evacuate. they have a television sitting on the front stoop. alvy push in on the street and there is a boat parked in front of one of these houses. this is one of main areas throughout new jersey that is experiencing severe flooding. residents were evacuated here yesterday . the authorities have told people if you don't evacuate short of a medical emergency you are on your own. many residents spent the night in their cars unable to afford accommodations and this is something that happens every year now. heavy rains and melting snow in the end of winter and
resulting in extensive flooding in northern new jersey, connecticut and upstate new york, a real mess. governor christi called on the national guard and they brought in high water vehicles helping to evacuate the residents. we apolize for the man walk in front of the cam rampt but they are being evacuated. >> sure. and fox news alert. a massive rescue operation underway in japan. the prime minister is sending 50,000 troop tots hardest hit areas. joining us from tokyo with the latest on the rescue efforts. trent truit with global news radio. thank you for joinning us. >> hi, thank you. >> i continue is early sunday morning. what can you tell us about the search and rescue operations? >> like you just said. they sent 50,000 troops from the japanese self defense forces to aid in the rescue
effort. soum, they are still ongoing and obviously there is a lot of damage and a lot of destruction that they will find in the coming days. >> let me ask you. one million people, that is the hardest hit areas. is the roads so badlyy damaged that it is tough to get close to help those in need? >> that is one of the major problems is that the roads are literally grid locked and like all of the report that is we are hearing. it is almost impossible to get through to sundi to tokyo . obviously people are trying to evacuate and get down. and we are hearing that in those areas and towns were washed away by it is tsunami? >> yeah. it is sad . also there is a town, that we are hearing about where 9500 people still haven't been
accounted for and the entire town, half of the population of the town is not accounted for. >> that is unbelievable. >> are people coping without electricity and water across tokyo at this point? or how is life getting back to some type of normalcy there? >> in tokyo where i am, things are back to normal in terms of daily life, but people are prepared because the electric company has said that there would be out ages in the coming days and people are preparing and people are stocking up on water and supplies that are coming in the days. >> is there a massive run in the grocery store. >> i was at the grocery store earlier today and there was no water available . so that is just my experience. but i think that that is pretty much the experience of all of my friend and associates here in tokyo, >>
trenton, thank you for the update. i know it is a toughuation and something that no one can imagine unless you are going through it . we appreciate you talking to us at this early hour on sunday morning. >> okay, thanks a lot. >> stay safe. >> bye-bye. >> it is unimaginable. dealing with the aftermath of a earthquake and tsunami and now japan grappling with a nuclear crisis. we'll talk to the expert about what that country is facing. the fox news team is traveling north in yapan . details on what they are seeing straight ahead in the live report.
>> welcome back. in japan massive rescue. some areas have water and mud and debris that rescue is only possible by helicopter. devastation stretches hundreds of miles on the cost where thousands of survivors are cut off from rescue and aid. confirmed death tollis 574 and the government's chief spokesman said the numbers
could exceed 1,000. and fox alert. the scale of the destruction in japan is not yet known but thousands of homes are destroyed. four trains have disappear now missing. adam houseley brings us the latest on the ground there and adam, what can you tell us? >> yeah, we are about 100 miles north and east of tokyo right now . it is dark and early in the morning. 2:17 or two : 20 a.m.. we are on the edge of destruction. 15 miles from where we are, smaller damage and small streets flooding and where water came in four it or five six inches in depth. around mitto, in japan. destruction gets much more serious. you can see cars stuck in the fences and on top of each
other . this city itself three-quarters has power and one-quarter is without power. all still from the tsunami and earthquake. it is very calendar here at night and snowed last night north of here and that caused difficulties for search and rescue for those outside dealing with this and those who are stranded . one of the roadways we went to. 10 miles from where i am standing has cars literally stuck inside of fences and if the water came in and sat them on top of each other . one car, i had to make sure it was not put that way. it is quiet the destruction that just began. >> we are 70 miles from where the reactors are located and that's where the serious destruction that took place with the 30 feet high waves. you have to watch where you
go. a lot of the roads are closed. you can't get near the reactors and we don't want to go there as well. we'll keep you updated in the day. very early in the morning here and search and rescues are continuing as we speak. >> thank you for feeling us in on the edge of the destruction site in japan. >> there is a rush to cool down the crippled nuclear plant in fukushima in japan: joining us to talk about the potential of nuclear depaster and the senior advisor and center for american progress. >> my pleasure. >> you are watching this since it first began. when you first witnessed what was unfolding what went through your mind? >> unbelievable. i never thought we would see a reactor in this stage. it is several reactors.
japan has 55 reactors and len of them went off line after the earthquake. five of them are in one degree of crisis or another. at this time yesterday japan never declared a nuclear emergency and now declared five at five different reactors and the one we are seeing and looking at right now in fukushima is the most critical . they are racing to contain that damage so there is not a nuclear melt down. >> japanese officials believe it is not going to be another three mile island situation. are you confident at that point you can declare it is something that is going to be contained? >> no, we can't declare that. we don't have an independent ax sessment. it is sealed off and adam pointed out earlier this morning, he's the one is 70 miles from the site. you can't get in. it is all sealed off.
we don't have an independent assessment or structural damage. this never happened before. three mile island and we had almost melt down and partial melt down it was internal control and this is caused by earthquake and tsunami in the country and there may be structural problems that prevent us from controlling the reaction inside of the nuclear reactors or the other ones. >> worst case scenario. radiation leak in the atmosphere, how does it impact the immediate area and then the rest of the world in >> sure. best case they control it and what we are talking about sprenting of radio activity. there is no safe level of radio activity but it blows out to sea and doesn't affect the japanese population. worst case, there is a melt down and the core melts in molten metal and fire that you cannot put out and that is
giving radio activity in the ground and air and water and cares a plum that goes across the pacific and in united states or south in tokyo. they are worst case sceniarios and increased of exposures of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the increases of chances was cancer in their lifetime. >> the fact they are handing out iodine tab lets. >> not only evacuating people from the area around but handing out iodine tab lets so you can see if it your incidents of absorption of radioactive iodine is increasing: >> can you figure out that. >> you can figure that out quickly. this is a common defensive measure here. you remember, this incident if it stops right now and ends right now would be top three nuclear accidents we have had in the world and in the 50
years of nuclear power chernobyl being the worst and three mile island a contender . fukushima worse ever. >> last four hours are encouraging and seems to be some kind of stability. we haven't had more explosions or venting and they may get it under control . senator mccain and i talked in the green room, it will tell either stabilizes and cools down or lose control and the melt down begins. >> we see and pray that it is contained. >> thank you. >> japan as we are talking about is facing a disaster of unprecedented porportions and after shocks rocked the region and deals with radiation . talk to bill knight, a science guy about the nuclear crisis and the science behind the earthquake, coming up next.
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>> welcome back, everybody. we return to david piper who is in tokyo and has the latest on the nuclear power plant that we are monitoring where an explosion earlier today. david, tell us what you are hearing about the nuclear power plant at this point and the efforts to get people away from that area. >> well, specialist teams are trying to cool down the reactor all day. we are now getting report that is because of the strong after shock in the area, that i everbeen forced to stop mouring the sea water on the reactor to try to cool it down. because of the after shocks . at the same time, these after shocks have caused more tsunami alerts right along the japanese eastern sea board now and worrying is the
meteorologist are suggesting that the wind has changed direction now. it is now pushing south toward tokyo . so if there is a problem in the's reactor, any plume will head toward the japanese capitol. >> that is a troubling situation. we are hearing about the after shocks that is 6.1 on thor scale. they are strong after shocks. >> there are earthquakes in their own right . that's why the tsunami alerts are issued now and it is very much in the same area. we are also hearing about the official death tollseems to be around 1700 now . we are getting reports from the state network that close to 10,000 people are missing in one town in northeast japan and other reports come nothing all of the time on japanese tv from different towns reporting dead and missing and often 200
or 400. many, many people. it is very likely that the official death tollwill jump considerably in the next 24 hours. >> david, thank you. hard to wrap your brain around from 10,000 missing from one town. they are searching for people and can't locate the towns they were living in. and thousands of people are evacuated from areas and fears of radiation levells. one was damaged by the explosion in the aftermath of the earthquake. david told us and joining is bill. and thank you for joining us. and many will be surprised to know that the after shocks are earthquakes in their own right .
certainly, if you have an after shock on the 6 on the rither scale it is an earthquake. they are coming from the same epi center and almost certainly the result of same tutontic movement and the earth's crusts that are moving. when you see buildings shaking like this. you think of side to side. but a lot of the motion is up and down . you lift sea water up and down . it makes enormous waves which is a tsunami. >> a lot of people are wondering what is going on in the planet. we are talking about the ring of fire and there are earthquakes in other parts of the world. not too long ago in new zealand and haiti and chile. is there increase in activity or something that you are
monitoring and normal? >> well, it is normal for the earth. the ring of fire is basically the ring around the pacific ocean . so chile and new zehand and japan and in alaska, 1964, there was an enormous earthquake. they are part of same plates. but the world's population is almost senbillion people and we are all choosing to live near coastlines and news coverage is more impressive than ever been and we hear about the earthquakes and more and more people are affected than before in history. but about the nuclear power plant, ifium has been detected in the air. there is an explosion and serious business break down and situations is going to get dangerous . we are to the point of pouring sea water on a reactor, that is pretty serious. >> you are concerned about
what is going on right now. you think that this is manage that is going to get worse before it gets better. >> that's what it sounds like to me. putting thing in perspective. we all got upset with this oil well in the gulf of mexico. there are about 800,000 oil list in the world and 3500 off shore oil rigs. by comparison there are 55 nuclear power plans in japan and 432 around the world. if there were 40,000 nuclear power plants and 20,000 nuclear power plants and you had this sort of things it is trouble. you can anticipate one thing. but i am almost sure what will turn out in fukushima, it was a series was things that went wrong. air conditioning broke down and not enough electricity available and then an after shock and it is a series was
thing that is made it much more difficult than it would have been had it been one thing thats anticipated. >> but people believe there are ape lot of safe guards to keep this contained in a way that will not prevent the disaster like >> i am an engineers and that's what we claim that we thought of everything. but maybe we didn't in this case . 8.9 is a dog gone big event. you know, it is not linier. it is or . people sayor scale is not used and other people say all scales are thor scale just modified. but you add energy and roughly as the square . so if you have twice the number the scale, you have that much engine and that shakes build nuclear plumming.
>> with the after shocks that are taking place near that site. 6.one and others and higher. >> that's a big earthquake. >> what will that do to the effort to contain this thing in >> it will make it harder. if you are standing there and you are a worker and you are pumping sea water and everything starts to shake. you naturally retreat and not just intutitty and insinctiively. logisticallyy you can't keep power going to the putches and you can't cipe the nozzle aimed and you are not where there is a safe place to stand and operate. the problem gets really, really complicated and the trouble with nuclear power, it is so much energy in such a small place . it has thiscracy affect of radio activity that everybody is uneasy about waus of the long-terms of cancer.
>> absolutely. we are uneasy about this and certainly something we are watching closely. we'll check back with you as the story continues to bring more development. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. good morn afternoon. >> and breaking news out of libya. we are have been respecting a u.s. submarine and warship has crossed and headed to the mediterranean sea to be close to lib yampt u.s. ordered war ships in the area just in case they are needed. this comes as the arab states meet nothing cairo will back the idea of a no fly zone in libya. trouble here at home because of a deadly earthquake in japan. we'll have the latest in california right after the break. don't go away.
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>> okay, this is out of california. governor jerry brown declared a state of emergency in four counties after being hit by the tsunami. this as the clean up begins in the areas hit the hardest. casey stegal is in los angeles with the latest on the clean up efforts there. >> hi, uma, we are talking about significant damage to two coastal communities in peculiar. one - particular. one near the oregon border and the other in san francisco, santa cruz. cent miles of the bay area. look at the waves crash negligent harbor there. rolling surge caused boats to collide and dock to crumble in
all, engineer officials tell us 100 vessels were damaged and 20 sunk. thankfully no reports of injuries. but the damage is expected to be more than two billion dollars. eyewitnesses told us they never saw anything like this before. >> boats sink crunching underneath the bridge that separates the upper and lower harbor and then i have been on my boat and almost had a sunken boat underneath mine. >> 430 miles up the coast in cresant city, california. this arially video of destruction where an eight foot wave was experienced there . surge doing damage to 35 boats and even sweeping one person out to sea. search and rescue crews believe that the victim was trying to take a picture of the tsunami with friends. his body was not found yet.
>> finally minor reports of flood damage coming to us from hawaii. but early tsunami warnings got a lot of the people out of the low lying areas and tourist were evacuated from hotels and some people sleeping on golf greens to escape the water surge. a situation we are following on the western part of the united states as well> thank you, casey, unbelievable pictures there. with more perspective on the damage to california is kelly huson . welcome joining us on the phone. talking about the damage and the effort to clean up the area knowing that you are dealing with pretty powerful wave yesterday? >> yeah, all exup down california. hardest hit was up in cres sant city where 35 boats sank and a lot of damage to the harbors and folks there now doing damage assessiment and down south in santa cruz. damage estimates are 10
million in dollars to the public infrastructure there and over a hundred boats that were damaged. 20 sank. we have our hands full with the clean up and assessment process right now. but the nice thing you can say about all of that. one injury and one potential death out of this where in the past 20 or 30 years ago, we would have had a major tsunami we may have had a higher death toll. >> you think because people are taking the warning seriously at a time when they knew that japan had been dealing with a serious earthquake and we were reporting about the facts that the tsunami was head in their direction? >> we were lucky we had nine hours that it was coming to california . that gave time to do warnings and gave people time to pack up and get to higher ground. where the tsunami occurs closer to the california and
earthquake under water can only give us 30 or hour heads up. there was damage but not a lot of the injuris and we need to be prepared as possible. we could be the next coastline that suffers a major tsunami. >> what about the warning in place along the coast of california. how would yoerate it at this point? >> i would say it worked very well. we can always improve. it was a run we did for all of the coastline. we have had tsunami warnings and test of the systems in the past. in a couple of weeks we were going to put out the live code and run the sirens and looks like we have that test done in real time yesterday. >> and at this point with four counties declaring states of emergency by the governor, what type of damage are we talking about in the four counties, primarily from the flooding to the boats and
harbor? yes, four counties that were declared by the government. bell nord is where cres sant city is and that's the most lost . santa crus, a lot of boats were lost . other two counties. humble and san mateo they had costs to evacuation and put officers on 24 hour over time and public protection. those four counties will be eligible for state assistance and repay those costs and help with rebuilding public infrastructure and trying to get them back to normal. >> kelly huston, you have your work cut out . thank you for bringing us up to date on the situation. >> in the wake of the earthquake in japan . communitying by traditional means is spotty. so many people are turning to social media and the internet to check on loved ones and get the latestt information. we'll have that story, next
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more than 125 aftershocks. the kwablg that hit yesterday were registered at magnitude 8.9, aftershocks could be felt. fears of a nuclear meltdown in jip after a quake that damaged some facilities there. and the largest producer of nuclear power. 30% of electricity is produced by 17 areas. and the plant where the explosion happened yesterday is one of five reactors in danger because of the earthquake. now, according to reports, some 40,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding the fukushima
plant. in the u.s. the man taking pictures of tsunami waves in northern california remains missing after being swept out to sea. a story you can learn more about on foxnews.com along with others that didn't all the make it on to our airwaves. peter doocy is live from washington, a look what we're covering online. hi, pete are. >> further nor, the tsunami waves crashed into the beaches of oregon. if you missed it. take a look at cannon beach in oregon yesterday. the surf was stirring up the pacific ocean up there, if you missed it see more at foxnews.com. right now our website is a great place to get a different perspective on this catastrophe. this interactive mass that we've gotten is a great job breaking down what happens and where. you see the epicenter on the coast and many can scroll offer the most affected areas, and see vital stats like population, as well as casualties so far. you can also see where the nuclear power plants are with
the damage and seeing their location and why the situation there is so urgent. and elsewhere on the front page. click through a slide show with pictures like this one. that's a car on top of a house and a water is gone, only debris remains and this is just one freeze frame from a massive disaster area that represents what will be a very challenging cleanup area in the affected area and also for some historical perspective. you can click over to the time line to break down the history of pacific tsunamis and earthquakes which starts back in april and an earthquake on hawaii's big island and runs all the way through this week's earthquake and tsunami that followed. and for information on that and possible medical proms the people face, in the country of japan, and nuclear meltdown, check with us today. >> peter, thank you. and i'm uma pemmaraju live in
washington with a fox news alert. japan faces another crisis. there are fears of a possible nuclear meltdown after an explosion at a nuclear power plant in the northeast. meanwhile, the death toll since to rise with thousands of people, even entire towns missing. our special fox news coverage begins with tokyo. and david, i know the area is dealing with aftershocks in the region. what can you tell us? >> these after shocks are having impacts on the effort to cool down the nuclear reactor in fukushima. we understand they managed to pour the sea water back on to the reactor. they had a halt a short time ago because of these aftershocks, but perhaps breaking news now is japanese media are reporting that fukushima nuclear plant 2 is
now on red alert and there is actually four plants at the fukushima complex. so they're racing against time now to stop some kind of nuclear meltdown there. >> it's a very, very dangerous situation out there and they have evacuated the area and also, i understand, they are giving people the iodine tablets so that they can minimize any risk of radiation exposure. >> yes, they've told everybody within a 12 mile radius get out now. we understand there's 50,000 people have moved, but there are reports that some people still remain within that circle, so there is concerns for them. we also understand that three workers at the plant trying to stop it melting down have gone down some kind of sickness from nuclear fallout and also, 190 people seem to have some kind of sickness as well. so, there could be some leak
coming from that plant and also, number four plant at the fukushima complex, they have found one dead worker there also now. and there are concerns, particularly at that complex, but also, there are other nuclear plants in that area that have been shut down, uma. >> i want to remind viewers it's early morning there as they try to contain the situation there at the nuclear plants. what are the people staying in and around where you are, about the situation? are people genuinely alarmed that there could be a major fallout from this nuclear meltdown-- the possible nuclear meltdown after fallout from that facility? >> reporter: there's real trepidation here now particularly because of the weather forecast. the latest show that the wind is now blowing in a south-south easterly direction so if there is any nuclear
reaction, fallout. that plume would be coming towards here in tokyo. so, there is concern about that and we also understand there has been hoard of food here now because of the disaster, but when you look at the bigger picture, a lot of the effort is in northeastern japan and officially the death toll remains at 1700, but we are hearing reports of as many as 9,500 people missing in just one town, uma. >> what about electricity and water supplies there? and they're hoarding food, are they also hoarding water in the area? >> well, i understand that people are filling up their baths and things like that. there is a concern about the energy supply because japan is so dependent on their nuclear industry and there is a fear of brownouts here in tokyo. particularly because so many of these nuclear plants have been shut down.
and i understand that russia is pumping some electricity here at this time, but japan is such a big economy, if the nuclear has to shut down even further, you could have a real impact economically on this country. >> all right, david piper, thank you for standing by there and bringing us up-to-date on what is obviously a precarious situation as they work hard to try to deal with the nuclear accident and the ramifications that come from it. thank you very much. well, the u.s. is closely monitoring the situation in japan and assessing what kind of an assistance the military can provide. molly henneberg is following the latest developments from washington. what's the u.s. doing at this point? >> hi, uma, defense secretary robert gates says he he spoke this morning with the u.s. ambassador to japan and how the military could help in the wake of a tsunami. at this point, seven ships are headed to the region, including the u.s.s. ronald reagan which has medical facilities on board, as well as airlift capability to move
people and supplies and the u.s. has 38,000 troops already stationed in japan and the defense department put out this video of marines preparing to leave the home base of okinawa to head to mainland japan with rescue equipment, cargo and assets. and secretary gates says the military wants to do whatever is needed by the government in japan and the embassy in toke he yo. >> we have the ronald reagan closing on japan right now and sending an amphibious ship. and we're pulling in helicopters from around the region, including okinawa and so on. so, those two shipments can be used for helicopter operations for disaster relief. >> the u.s. agency for international development, usaig has also deployed two urban search and rescue, at the request of the japanese government and part of the team left from fairfax, virginia today and will pick up the rest en route to japan.
in total about 150 people and 12 dogs will arrive in japan tomorrow and the search for people trapped in the rubble. and they've had plenty of experience here and abroad and the team from virginia was able to carry out 16 rescue operations there. as far as american citizens in japan. military and civilian, so far, the u.s. government has no reports of injuries or deaths. uma. >> molly, thank you. and joining us on the phone right now, and her 52-year-old husband joe was working at the fukushima plant and was injured by falling and scattering glass when the quake struck. she joins us on the phone right now. thank you for joining us. i understand after not hearing from your husband for many hours, that he finally made contact with you. what did he tell you? >> it was just a moment and the phones were -- went out and all i got was he he was okay. he made it through the night
and made it to another town. they were looking for a place to stay. but when they made it to that town, the t.w.a. ki went ahead and not a hotel there or anywhere to stay and they were travelling on down the coastal highway, on the way to tokyo. and he hadn't heard anything else. i've had a couple of reports of, a couple of the other wives have called and told me what their husbands have said and no-- they have joined together, all of them and 40 of them maybe now and they're travelling in a bus and headed all together to tokyo so they can maybe make it to the airport or get some arrangements to start to get home. >> well, as i understand it, when he first contacted you, he described what was happening when the-- when the concerns were raised
at the nuclear plant and the explosion, what can you tell us about that conversation when you first heard from him? >> it was, it's very frightening. from what he told me and what, you know, i've seen on tv and what i've seen was scary to me, but i can't imagine how it would be to see this in real life and be right there among -- and living through it and going through all the rubble and then, also, all the water and-- >> i understand he's so much glass around them. >> told me, i haven't had a chance to see how bad or bad he is or you know, that part okay, if i get a chance or he gets a chance to talk to see how he's doing, that's
something i'm worried about and we sons called me also-- and then also, maybe others are wounded, i don't know. and dehydration, we don't know if they have gotten any water. >> a very, very difficult situation and i know you are obviously standing by the the phone and waiting for further news about your husband and other workers, other american workers. >> right. >> who have bb been working at that site. thank you for joining you gous we keep you in our prayers as we wait for word of your husband. the word is another storm is headed to the city. and meteorologist maria molina is joining us with more. what can you tell us about this. >> this is the last thing he we want to hear headed their way and we're talking about a possible storm as we head into late tuesday and wednesday, so
that will be very dangerous for anyone that's in a shelter or homeless and cleanup efforts are also going to be hampered. now, for sunday, ahead of the storm not too bad we're going to have sunshine, temperatures in the upper 50's and help things out a bit. as we head into monday, as the storm approaches we'll find cloudiness and rescue efforts by helicopter and deal with poor visibility and showers could be possible, and late monday into tuesday and as we head into late tuesday and wednesday you're going to have very cool temperatures and this is going to be dangerous and could see a chance for snow by wednesday, as far as also some heavy rain and also talking about the radioactive vapors that are leaking out of this nuclear power plant, the wind are coming out of the southwest so that's helping to blow some of the vapors out and we'll keep an eye on it for you, uma, as things continue to develop. >> maria, thank you very much. breaking news out of libya. the arab league says they will
be backing creation of a no-fly zone there and asking the united nations to support them on this. this comes as air attacks continue in that country. and leland vittert is live from benghazi with the latest on this situation. leland, tell us why-- . >> reporter: we've had to move here to the town of benghazi, we evacuated the front lines because of the issues there, including the fact that our hotel shut down because of safety reasons. so we're back here in benghazi on the front lines. gaddafi's army continues to pummel the rebels, not only are they better trained, better equipped, they have much better tanks and other kinds of heavy artillery pieces, in addition to that, they have gadhafi's air force that continues to pound away. >> went off next to the check point, unspeakable, don't know if anybody is injured. the second day they hit the check point and everybody now running for cover, it was just five minutes or so ago, the--
and moved back here for safety. and we've got another air attack out there. earlier gadhafi bombed and you can see where the bomb just got dropped. and the anti-aircraft fire going up and another bomb right out there. looks likes-- the rebels are certainly demoralized by their continuous launching of the gadhafi troops, savage to say the least in the attacks. the next key town is a big oil facility. as we retreated through back, we could see that the rebels didn't have any type of military defensive line in place, and made that town hard to defend as well. on the ground, the rebels are demoralized and also asking where the international community is and a lot are talking about the idea that no-fly zones and starting to
warm up to the the idea of other types of international assistance, only a week ago they said they didn't want it, they wanted to do this on their own and perhaps now, uma, they're realizing that fighting gadhafi's army is harder than they thought it would be. back to you. >> absolutely, it's very tough as you're pointing out, going up against the tanks and air strikes, leland, unbelievable coverage out there. you guys stay safe. and right now, thousands of protesters are marching on the royal palace hours after some were injured. the and the latest as the u.s. defense secretary robert gates wrapped up a meeting with the kingdom's top rulers and encouraging them to talk with opposition rulers. after the meeting that quote, i told them that if-- that time is not our friend and also said that under the circumstances, as with the impulse behind the political and economic news that baby
steps probably would not be-- that real reform would be necessary. the fight over union rights still not over in wisconsin and thousands of protesters refused to quit, are gathering right now for a rally at the capitol there. they're protesting the law signed by governor scott walker and union supporters are calling for the republican senators who backed that bill. 16 people are dead and others seriously injured after a tour bus crashes in new york city. authorities say the bus was travelling down a major highway in the bronx when it was clipped by a tractor-trailer. the bus overturned and skidded into an exit sign that sliced through the roof. police are searching for the driver of the tractor-trailer at this hour. who did not stop after the crash.
this is a fox news alert, the scale of the destruction in japan not yet known, but what is known is that it is indeed massive. adam housley has been making his way from tokyo to the hardest hit area and joining us from the city just north of toek. adam. >> reporter: yeah, uma, we're on the edge of the destruction. when you pass through the city anything to the north of here is flat in every direction. we 25 miles further north before we came back to this location to find power. and even small cities not affected by the earthquake and tsunami, there's no one there. no lights, power, no gas service and further north debris awes get closer and seeing dirt in the roadways and eventually you'll find larger, even can stars and big massive semis that are
literally up in some driveway and eventually get to an air cars on top of each other and stuck into fences and seems to be where the water was only about four or five feet deep. so at some point, 20, 25, 30 feet deep and haven't gotten to those areas, closer to where the nuclear reactors are and that area is off limits as you might imagine and people are still well away from there and the military won't let you get close to that region and they are he' saying it's only a 40 mile radius and keeping people away, and more like a 60 mile radius they're shutting the freeways and many of the freeways aren't passable due to the tsunami and the earthquake as the infrastructure was severely damaged in many parts of the northern area where this earthquake hit. also, the number of casualties is due to change. we saw this in the southeastern asian tsunami and in haiti, and kyoto, 1700
missing or dead and that expected to fluctuate and go up as well. uma. >> reporter: and you say the roads are badly damaged there. have you seen any type of emergency response vehicles headed in the direction that you're taking right now? >> we've seen a couple, but not many. that's the one thing that surprises me. we saw some people actually from this city, which, again, three quarters of the city had power and a quarter-- in size maybe 100,000 people live here i'm guessing, driving around, that's what i figure. we saw people from here driving up to see the destruction and a couple of security vehicles and that's just about it. i mean, i think the problem you have here, uma, you move even further north from where we were, you lose a lot of infrastructure and dangerously close to where this nuclear situation is taking place. so, that's all coming into play here. already, it's difficult because of the weather and because of the massive area that was destroyed here, but now, you have to add a nuclear
situation in that's hampering the search and rescue. >> what about an aftershocks we're hearing about, adam. we hear they're hampering efforts and concerns about the radiation leak there, have you been feeling aftershocks, you and the crew? >> well, we were in the car when the last one hit so we didn't see it on the freeway, but our locals working with it, the cell phones were going off seconds before and can detect the first wave. and we had a story that the u.s. is implementing. they had a warning of 35 seconds before the latest aftershock hit and we were in the car or van so we didn't feel it coming. and showing the map over and over again where the cluster of earthquakes and aftershocks are taking place, the north part of the island, the main
island here in japan and again it's hampering the situation, but it really comes down to the fact that the nuclear threat is taking place right now. that's the biggest prom they're having because they're keeping a lot of people away because there is he' only a certain number of people that can deal with that, know how to deal with that and that's where the problem exists. >> all right. adam housley, thank you so much for the update. you're in a town outside tokyo and we'll continue to check back with you as more information becomes available. we appreciate it very much. thank you. how is the emergency response going on the the ground in japan? we're going to hear from an editor of the wall street journal who is in tokyo to talk about this next. [ male announcer ] to the 5:00 a. scholar. the two trains and a bus rider. the "i'll sleep when it's done" academic.
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>> welcome back everybody. the death toll from the earthquake in japan officially stands at 574, but it is expected to rise much higher with thousands of people still missing at this hour. and earlier today we spoke with the editor for the wall street journal, iliko ono and asked her how the emergency response is going? >> there are three things going on. and first of all there's a the
japanese government and i think this will now the government has been handling there pretty well. and the prime minister kan, he had a special task force set up and this morning, he flew by helicopter to the power plant and then came back with a report. he also talked about, you know, what he saw and how he felt about the people. also, the other nations that are offering support right now, i think, that's coming in pretty quickly, swiftly, and very encouraging that the whole world cares about what's going on in japan. the japanese people, also, are taking this quipretty calmly an especially in tokoyo i went home at eight in the morning. there were a lot of people wearing the same suits from the day before looking very tired and some spent the whole night on the platform, because they were waiting, they wanted
to catch the first train. some of the trains had not-- were still not running when i went home, but nobody was making loud noises. they were very calm, quiet, and almost resigned. >> uma: now, as the interview illustrates. travel of course, very difficult and people are very concerned about the basics, food, shelter and electricity. joining us now on the phone, daniel, a student from tokoyo. and daniel, i know that the people in the area are dealing, but hearing reports of people hoarding food and water. is that something that you're seeing in your neighborhoods? >> yes, actually. i was out, just near around my house and i was trying to get some water and some food, but
most the basic necessary foods were sold out. and i was able to get a little few things, but not enough food going around, right. >> uma: where were you when the earthquake hit? >> i worked in -- i was inside (inaudible) about 30 minutes by train and around 2:45 we felt the massive earthquake there. >> uma: what did you see around you? how did it affect the people around you, yourself. how did you all manage? >> well, we first thought, well, i first thought that -- ordinary earthquake. but as a matter of fact we have the earthquake, a small one. though soon after we figured that this is not a regular earthquake:
we just ran outside the building and we all gathered together and for a few-- we stayed there and waited to see if the earthquake would come down, but it was quite terrifying. >> uma: i'm sure it was. i can't imagine what it must have been like to live through those precarious and dangerous moments. where did you spend the night? >> at the office, at my office. there were no trains working all night that made it out and in the morning, around nine o'clock we heard that... actually working so then i got home around noon yesterday. >> uma: so was there much damage to your area where you live? and what are your neighbors saying about all this? >> well, we had-- my apartment, i had a book shelves, but there was no major damage.
my relatives lived two miles from here they also had-- from the pictures the wall, but not so much damage around here where i live. >> uma: what are you, how do you handle the stories over concerns what's happening at the nuclear power plant that h has-- >> it seems to be from my understanding they've been -- tried to control the situation and i think they're doing a pretty good job from what i see. so, everybody's quite concerned about it. of course, (inaudible) major
concern, but the-- >> okay. well, daniel, i know it's a very difficult situation for you and i'm sure you haven't had much sleep so we wish you all the best. >> thank you very much. >> uma: and a very devastating situation. while japan and the west coast of the u.s. are trying to clean up. dealing with the floods. and the latest on the situation from new jersey, hi, julie. >> reporter: hey, surprisingly a lot of people in the area, the neighborhood did not heed evacuation warnings, they went into effect yesterday and as i walked down the street. so many people standing on the front stoops and walking around in waders much like i am. and if i could ask him to pan off to the left to give you an idea. why you took way down the street for the river, not supposed to crest until 7 p.m. and it's expected to come higher. it's expected to crest, above flood stage and others
included the rockaway and saddle river have already crested over the last couple days. and those waters, obviously, can take days to recede. here where i am the pasaik river is expected to rise five feet above flood stage and all the people with sump pumps working and a lot of the basements are completely flooded. take a look in front of me. we have a boat and it's actually tied to the street here and the shallow point. if you walk down the river, almost as high as neck deep. and the pts experience this on a yearly basis. >> uma: thank you very much. a tsunami, earthquake crisis and we'll talk about the scary possibilities of radiation exposure. that's coming up nks. next. [ male announcer ] springtime belongs to the doers.
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>> we are back with a fox news alert. now, japan's government has been playing down the crisis at a nuclear power plant in fukushima, but at this hour it appears the crisis may be worsening because fuji tv in japan is reporting a red alert has been issued for another reactor at the plant, this is a headline, another red alert. david piper has the very latest now from tokyo. david, what can you tell us about the latest attempts to stop the nuclear melt down in that plant in japan. >> reporter: yes, the specialist teams have been working around the clock now, and trying to, trying to avert a nuclear disaster. we understand they did have difficulties in the past few hours, because of major aftershocks and they've been pouring sea water on the reactor one to try to cool it down. but they had to stop, because of these aftershocks. we understand that there's four reactors there and three of the four are now on red
alert, and they are really trying hard now to control that situation. >> uma: that means that this situation, even though they've been reporting that they've got the situation, you know, things under control to the point where they're saying that we don't want you to raise fears this thing is out of control, it raises some big concerns, in fact they've issued this red alert? >> reporter: they've done that and also, they've widened the evacuation area from six miles to around 12 miles. they've moved over 50,000 people and they've also started to issue iodine tablets to help radiation sickness and japanese tv is running a cartoon which shows a person wearing clothes to protect skin. so they're telling people what to do in case there is some kind of a nuclear fallout here, so, you can see at this
time they are trying to sort out the situation, but we do also understand that three workers at the fukushima nuclear plant have gone down with some kind of radiation sickness and also reports that as these people are moving out of this area, 190 people have reported some kind of laidation suckneickness now. >> uma: and wow, they're actually running it on television what to do in case they're exposed. >> exactly. >> uma: tell me about the efforts to try to bring relief to the area, to bring emergency response teams to help the victims. >> reporter: around 50,000 japanese troops are now in that area of northeastern japan, trying to help the people there. it's a mammoth task and a large international operation
underway. and south korean dog teams are now in that area, trying to search for people, but the reports we are now getting out of that area, nhk, the state broadcaster, has said that 9,500 people are still missing from one town alone, back to you, uma. >> uma: unbelievable. all right, david, thank you so much for the late s update on that troubling situation out there. and now, officials in japan are trying to ease the fears woof been rating about the radiation leaking from that power plant in northeastern japan. the government is handing out iodine tablets to people who live in that area. joining us to talk more about the effects of radiation composure. dr. david brenner, the director for the center of radiological search at columbia medical center. thank you for joining us. >> nice to be here. >> uma: what can you tell us about the efforts you're harg about issuing the tablets to the people who may be exposed to radiation and the fact that if people are indeed exposed,
walk us through what steps have to be taken in order to minimize further risk to other people. >> well, the first thing, i think, to be said is, it's pretty unclear at this point exactly what the situation is. as you probably know, there are actually nine nuclear reactors on the two sites in the city. and we don't know how many of those are actually affected. they're all actually different designs, different ages, and one we're hearing about most is that is the oldest one, which is the u.s. designed machine. but there are many different reactors on site. the issue of giving iodine to folks is pretty controversial, at this point. it's not clear that that actually would help anybody who is exposed. but we really don't know at this point whether the this has been any significant exposure. >> uma: are you saying it's better to take those tablets prior to any type of exposure,
that giving them the tablets after the fact may not do any good? >> no, i'm the not saying that. the tablets haven't really been proven to work. what they're designed to do is to prevent iodine from getting into the thyroid. first of all we don't know if there's any significant iodine in the atmosphere at the moment and second of all, mostly the iodine gets into the body and pretty indirect route. the iodine found onto the ground and cows eat the iodine and milk-- iodine gets into milk and then he we drink the milk. that's a pretty indirect route and iodine pills don't really help in that situation and again, we don't really know what the picture is at this moment. how much radioactivity has been released. >> uma: quickly at this point we have to keep monitoring over the next several hours and couple of days, as to how many people may or may not be exposed to what is developing
to be a very serious situation out there given the fact that people have already been hospitalized. >> i think the first thing to say, it zooms veseems unlikely we're looking at it anything like the chernobyl situation where the entire nuclear plant blew up. i think if we're looking at anything, it's more like the three mile island situation in pennsylvania. >> uma: okay, all right. >> where there was a pretty small release, but certainly not a major release of radioactivity. >> uma: all right. doctor. >> chances are very much against that. >> uma: thank you very much. we're up against a hard break, i thank you for joining us and giving us your insights about a very dangerous situation out there. we're going to take a quick break, when we come back the impact the social media is having on getting communications out to people who are trying to connect with loved ones. stay with us. the motorola xoom tablet.
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>> welcome back. a massive rescue effort is underway. some are under mud and debris and rescue is only possible by helicopters. as you can see by the pictures. devastation stretches along the coast and hundreds of survivors cut off from rescuers and aid and confirmed death toll 686, but with the thousands missing the death toll is expected to go much, much higher. social networking was a lifeline for many people without phones after the massive earthquake. people are using social websites to find out how their loved ones are doing and peter doocy with more now it's keeping people in connection after the disaster. >> reporter: the damage is so widespread it's impossible for news crews to show you everything. some survivors are using camera phones and social networks to share some very
compelling pictures. look at this snapshot from twit pick use are jerry lent who says he moved to tokoyo this month and writes that people are lining up for blocks just to get water from the swimming pool. in another photo that he posted a few hours ago shows how far the street and the sidewalk have broken apart in front of his corner grocery store and the shots you're seeing right now are showing some further damage. wells where, friends and relatives are trying to reconnect using google person finder which has a special japan earthquake section, tracking almost 67,000 records. if you have info about someone good or bad and enter their name and let them know and if you want to post you're okay. you can do that and tens of thousands of facebook users show support with groups like we love you japan, japan earthquake animal rescue and support and all facebook friends around the world for information how to help animals in crisis because of the quake and also on twitter, use,are telling their
followers to pray for japan and many others, are trying to encourage donations to the red cross and we hardly even scratched the surface of the social networks because there are so many. so if you want to see more, go and check it out yourself. uma. >> uma: very compelling stories out there. thank you very much. japan is the third largest economy in the world behind the u.s. and china and we'll talk with a financial expert about the impact of the disaster. that's coming up nks. next. ext. next. [ male announcer ] this...is the network. a living, breathing intelligence that is helping business rethink how to do business. ♪ in here, inventory can be taught to learn... so products get routed to where they're needed mo. ♪
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. >> jamie: we're back after the news of aftershocks. so far more than 150 aftershocks have been reported, rattling the northeastern part of the country. and the quake that hit magnitude 8.9 and after shocks could be felt for some weeks to come. the fears of a nuclear meltdown right now in japan after the powerful earthquake, that damaged some of the facilities there. here are some of the facts about japan's nuclear power
for perspective. they are the world's third largest producer of nuclear power. about 30% of electricity in japan is provided in 17 plants. the fukushima where the explosion happened today is just one of five reactors in danger because of the earthquake. according to reports, some 40,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding that nuclear power plant. well, with japan being the world's third largest economy, many people are wondering what kind of impact the double sdas terry will have on the global markets. matt mccall is the president of pen financial group and talking more about the financial implications of the quake. thank you so much for joining us. of the fact that japan is the third world largest economy, what do you think knowing that's a country that will have to take time to rebuild? >> yes, it's going to take time and more money to rebuild and you saw estimates upwards
of 15 billion dollars already and it's going to take months if not years to really get back to where many of the cities were. and that will affect the global economy in the short-term and less demand for oil coming out of there because you think about, you know, it's kind of the shutting down, the third largest country. and longer term, what happens is you see an increase in demand. not only do you need to rebuild everything, so you're going to have people demanding more oil, more concrete, more steel. longer times, natural disasters turn into something positive for growth in the country and could spur on the global economy in years to come. >> uma: what about the fact that japan is reportedly already asked russia to help fill in the void when it comes to electricity and other resources? >> well, that's going to be very important because, you know, you have people already without water and then without electricity. so, somebody needs to fill in the void and with one major nuke plant down and others that are an a bit questionable now and considering that japan gets so much energy from the
nukes, they're going to start relying on other countries, not only russia, but others in southeast asia. what could happen because a lot of the power does come from nukes, they have to rely on other fossil fuels like oil. and it could push oil higher and it won't be good for us around the world. costs more for products and travel. >> we could see the gas prices higher because of this. >> yes, yes, it could actually-- >> in a word yes. >> it could push prices. >> uma: matt mccall thank you for the perspective as to what week expect in the days and weeks ahead from the earthquake in japan. thanks for the impact. the tsunami powered its way as far as six miles inland in some areas, swallowing boats and cars and trees and scattering debris. the very latest on the recovery next.
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